Sports Columns

Fathers have a way to inspire

More than 30 years ago, my father set me on the path I am on right now. Shortly after I was born, he introduced me to the world of sports, well before I could speak or was aware of what was going on in front of me. There’s a photo of him holding me at home as I’m decked out in a tiny ...

Time to celebrate D.C.

The Capital curse is over. Not just for the NHL franchise that bears that nickname, but for the District of Columbia as a whole. For the first time in 26 years, Washington D.C. residents have the chance to climb lampposts, collapse hotel awnings and punch horses just like Philadelphia ...

Danica’s legacy a mixed one

Danica Patrick will always have a story. A week ago, Will Power achieved something many talented drivers of auto racing never do — win the Indianapolis 500. Power already had an impressive resume of 33 open-wheel victories and numerous pole wins, but until last Sunday, he hadn’t won ...

It’s time to go all in with Vegas

Las Vegas has this strange way of capturing people’s minds. It’s a city that beckons you from far away and then when it grabs hold of you, it makes you want to keep coming back. Now its hockey team, the Golden Knights, is doing that same thing to fans across the country. What started ...

Look to the West for fun

It’s getting closer to Memorial Day, but it’s still hockey season in North America. On the surface that might not sound so good, but it’s turned into a good thing this season as the NHL’s conference finals are offering some interesting scenarios. Looking at them all, it’s time ...

Fox Sports can add excitement to PBA on TV

Last week I outlined the schedule of televised bowling for this spring and summer on the CBS Sports Network. But I didn’t get a chance to share what is probably the most important news long-term — that Fox Sports has signed a multiyear agreement with the PBA. For us fans watching on TV, ...

Women get more chances in men’s realm

Progress is being made in pro sports. With one simple decision last week, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks took a major step forward in terms of national importance as they chose to interview Becky Hammon, a woman, to be their new head coach. Hammon isn’t just your typical candidate, either. ...

Bowling can be a summer sport, too

Wait! Bowling season really isn’t over, it’s just ended its main fall-winter-season that mirrors the school year — except we get out around the end of April just like in college. You might keep your local center in mind — in Marquette County, that’s Superior Lanes in Marquette ...

There’s good stories in NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is arguably the most overblown sporting “event” in the country. It’s an exhausting three-day marathon where predictions are given, talk is endless and deals are made. On the surface, it seems rather boring — like any overblown business meeting. However, it gets ...

Junior Gold to take another try

The best-laid plans of tournament directors go right out the window when you’re dealing with winter weather in the Upper Peninsula. But should that still be true in mid-April? That’s what happened on April 15 when organizers of the Junior Gold youth bowling tournament at River Rock ...

America’s pastime needs to adapt

With April just about over, it finally feels like spring in the Upper Peninsula. Even though the season officially began 11 days before March was over, the U.P., as well as most of the states above the Mason-Dixon Line, has been hammered with cold weather and absurd amounts of snow. In ...

Moxley’s moxie reminds us of what’s important

Sometimes we lose sight of what is important in sports. It’s the little things that can matter the most. We can get caught up in the emotions of the playoffs and we can take things too seriously as sports fans, sometimes lashing out at people in public or online. However, earlier in ...

Splits, spares and strikes

With one shot — his final of the evening — Greg Bisel of Marquette established two firsts at Superior Lanes of Marquette on April 4. His strike on the final ball in the Wednesday Industrial League not only gave him the center’s first sanctioned 300 game this season, but also its first ...

Humboldt brings hockey world together

If there’s one positive thing that can come out of a tragedy, it’s that it can bring people together. Whether it’s a team, a school or a community, everyone tends to move closer to help provide support and help try to get past a terrible moment in their lives. That is what is occurring ...

Women’s basketball is worth it

The word is that women’s basketball is boring. That’s a common thought every March when the NCAA Tournament rolls around and it’s usually blared all over social media from the opening tip of the women’s tourney to the final horn of the title game. The typical complaints out ...

Carlson, St. Onge triple up

Veteran bowlers Gary Carlson and Dave St. Onge were three-time cashers at the 11th annual Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association tournament held at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. Held over two weekends in March, Carlson won the all-events title by more than 50 pins with a ...

Frozen Four villain is … Wolverines!

Villains are important in sports. When it comes time for the postseason, whether it be playoffs or a tournament, people need somebody to root against. Whether it’s a player, coach or the team in general, villains give championships that little extra something. Fans may not have a hero ...

Seniors the class of the Wildcats

The four seniors slowly trudged their way into the postgame conference after the WCHA championship game last weekend, trying to keep their heads up although it was probably very difficult. The Northern Michigan University skaters had just been dealt a terrible loss on their home ice. And it ...

Sandberg, Stephens on fire

Heather Sandberg and Justin Stephens continue to stay in the swing of things this bowling season. It’s easy to follow Stephens’ exploits as he makes a run at bowling 40 perfect games before he turns 40. Even though he just bowled his 38th 300 a month ago — his third perfecto this ...